Bus Glue Joel Wanasek is a series of bus compressor audio plugins created by Joey Sturgis Tones in collaboration with esteemed producer and mixing engineer, Joel Wanasek. The compressors are specifically designed to Joel's exacting standards as unique mixing tools and are intended to be placed on the main instrument bus / track group buses in your mixer. Each set contains a unique compressor and processor design for the following six groups: Drums, Bass, Guitars, Vocals, Keys, and finally Mix.
Your New Dream Team
Pump Up Your Drums
Struggling with getting your drums to pop out of your speakers? You need a tool that helps you lock in the groove and energy of your drums while delivering the flexibility to tackle different challenges. Pump smack into your drums with our signature pumpin’ circuit modelled after some very special hardware or take control of your groove with our time tested classic drum bus approach. No matter what you throw at it, JW BG-DRUMS delivers the glue and excitement your mix deserves.
Compressing Your Workflow
Solution Based Design
Bus Glue compressors were designed from a solution-based perspective. Most compressors are built to be robust and used in a variety of scenarios. This can cause them to really be inefficient in a lot of mixing situations, especially when it comes to an instrument bus. Bus Glue is optimized to be the best kind of dynamic control for the desired instrument group bus.
Built For Practicality
All compressors in the Bus Glue series take a practical approach to the controls and the functionality of the processing. Rather than giving you analysis paralysis with too many confusing controls, Bus Glue simplifies the process of "gluing" an instrument bus with thoughtful DSP behind a simple, easy-to-use interface. The knobs do what they say they do.
Lock and Load
Most engineers salivate over that major label big bottom bass sound. The struggle is over now because JW BG-BASS is a powerful low end bass shaping tool like no other. Easily control the top and bottom bass dynamics independently. Enhance your bass tone with the perfect grit on top to get the bass so it cuts through any wall of sound or position the bass instantly in the mix, relative to the kick drum.
More Than Compression
Along with exacting dynamic control for each bus, the processors also feature built-in sonic altering processors designed to work favorably with the compression designs such as harmonic saturation, frequency balance, and more.
Your Vocals Dialed
You know that polished, perfect vocal sound you dream of coming out of your speakers? Imagine if that were easy to achieve! Good, because it is now. Take command over your singer’s dynamics, dial in pleasing vocal tone, or give the vocals that extra aggressive push all in seconds. No matter the challenge, JW BG-VOCALS gives your vocals the polish you crave.
Control You Need
With every Bus Glue compressor you'll always find three main controls: Compression, Output, and Mix for parallel compression. From here, each model offers up other controls that change the way in which the compression is working to glue your bus. 
Chug Slaying
Mixing guitars is always frustrating for most engineers, especially if they are high gain. Good thing JW BG-GUITARS simplifies your life immediately by being optimized to give your mix the necessary headroom it needs so you can lock in your guitars. Slay those evil palm mute low-end swings that plague your mixes with the chug slayer circuit. Guitar mixing was never more fun and easy.
Tested On Top Albums
We've taken these processors and put them on the busses in mixes of chart topping albums during the testing phase. This allowed us to make sure our designs worked in the most demanding situations; real-world mixes heard by millions of music listeners and played on FM / XM Radio and countless playback systems!
Maximum Keys
Mixing synths, keys, pianos, strings, and other post production elements is always extremely difficult in terms of getting them to sit in your already dense mix. JW BG-KEYS delivers the extra lift they need to find their own space and sit perfectly in the mix via the push circuit. The challenge of mixing these elements is a thing of the past now.
Speed Workflow
A large design goal for Joel was to focus on extreme speed. Joel wanted to get amazing sounds that were refined over years at the click of a button so that time could be spent on being creative in mixing and not figuring out how to get stuff under control. Busglue Joel Wanasek gives you POWERFUL control over your mixes so you can focus on things that matter more like automation, making your artists performance shine, and keeping your mix exciting.
Most mixing engineers aren’t great at mastering, and it’s simply because we’re more like artists and less like technicians. You’re also probably sick of your masters not living up to your expectations. This design is based on top notch mastering gear backed by years of trial and error resulting in a processor that can give your mixes that “finished feeling.” #NOSMALLTIME anymore because JW BG-Mix will take your mix to a whole new level. Whatever you’ve got on your bus right now, it’s small time until you’ve put JW BG-Mix on it.
Windows 7+
Mac OS X 10.6.8+
32 & 64 bit
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Joey Sturgis Tones
Joey Sturgis Tones was founded in 2013 by producer Joey Sturgis with the mission to empower creative individuals with audio tools made from a practical design approach. We aim to break down barriers between you and your creativity. Unleash your creativity with JST.
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